Oil dipsticks are not usually the first things car owners think of when they want to customize their car, but for those who do, there's the American Shifter Company oil dipstick. Best known for their diverse line of aftermarket shifters and shifter knobs, American Shifter offers a snazzier upgrade to the engine oil dipstick. Made of aluminum and stainless steel, these dipsticks are a far cry from the grimy dipstick that we've become familiar with. In this review, we put American Shifter's dipsticks through its paces.
- Billet aluminum construction with braided stainless steel tube
- Compatible with DirectLoc connections
- Detachable O-ring seals
- Kit includes a flexible fill tub adapter, mounting brackets for firewall and transmission mounting
- Designed in the USA
- Limited lifetime warranty
- Compared to the stock dipstick, American shifter dipsticks are definitely eye candy. Their sticks take a sleek, minimalistic approach to design and come in a black or uncoated aluminum finish. But what really sets these sticks apart from the rest is its detachable knob which you can customize via laser etching or replace with a custom knob. If you're the type of person who likes to customize even the tiniest of details, you will certainly appreciate this feature.
- The stick's aluminum body is quite light yet sturdy. Its braided stainless steel tube is also capable of withstanding high temperatures from the engine.
- It comes with all the necessary parts, including an adapter and mounting brackets needed to affix the dipstick to the engine, firewall, or transmission. You can also get an instruction manual on how to install the mountings on the American Shifter website.
- Compatible only with Ford and Chevy engines. It is possible to have these dipsticks modified to fit other engines, however, but we still find their selection of compatible vehicles rather limiting.
- Fairly high. The set can reach a price of up to $50, although you can also opt to purchase just the dipstick for around $25. Given that OEM dipsticks cost less than $10, it's quite a hefty price tag.
The bottom line:
The American Shifter Company oil dipstick is like a sports car: it's pretty and well-crafted but limited and expensive. However, if you can get past its flaws, these dipsticks are definitely going to spice up your engine bay. We especially recommend this for classic muscle cars and tuners.